The Irish rocker pens European love letter for German newspaper
Bono has promised to wave the European Union flag proudly during U2's upcoming European leg of the ‘experience and innocence 2018’ tour.
“During the show we’re going to wave a big, bright, blue EU flag,” wrote Bono in an op-ed for German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine.
U2 will be kicking off the European leg of ‘experience and innocence’ in Berlin this week. The European leg will, naturally, conclude with four sold-out shows in the band’s hometown of Dublin in November.
“Europe, which for a long time triggered a yawn, today sparks a kitchen-table screaming match,” which, as Bono writes, makes the EU flag the perfect accessory for a rock show.
Bono goes on to lament the threats facing present-day Europe, and notes the important relationship Ireland has had with Europe for so many years.
“Belonging to Europe enabled us to become a better, more confident version of ourselves.”
“Maybe it’s because Ireland is a tiny rock in a big sea, eager to be part of something larger than ourselves (for most things are larger than ourselves). Maybe it’s because we used to feel closer to Europe than we did to some of the people on our island.”
The U2 singer praises the melting pot nature of Europe: “I love our differences: our dialects, our traditions, our peculiarities.”
Europe’s “values and aspirations make Europe so much more than just a geography. They go to the core of who we are as human beings, and who we want to be. That idea of Europe deserves songs written about it, and big bright blue flags to be waved about.”
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